Arsenal are likely to end their pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale if Sheffield United reject their imminent third bid for the England goalkeeper, according to The Guardian.
The Gunners retain a strong interest in the shot-stopper despite the Blades already rejecting two offers this summer. Mikel Arteta wants Technical Director Edu to bring the 23-year-old in to provide competition for current number one Bernd Leno.
Arteta believes Ramsdale has the potential to displace Leno as Arsenal’s first-choice in the future, per the Express. But Edu is ready to walk away from Bramall Lane without a deal if Sheffield United reject a third bid.
Sheffield United are asking Arsenal to pay £30m for Ramsdale including future add-ons. But the Gunners have so far refused to meet the Blades’ valuation, and it remains to be seen if Edu’s third – and potentially final – throw of the dice will be enough to close the distance.
However, Alex Crook has told talkSPORT that Arsenal are going ‘all in’ for Ramsdale having made the Sheffield United stopper the club’s top goalkeeper target. Dharmesh Sheth also told Sky Sports News the Gunners have told the Blades, via intermediaries, they want him.
Suggesting Edu may be ready to pay up and award Arteta his man to challenge Leno at the Emirates Stadium. Doing so would see Arsenal pay Sheffield United more for Ramsdale than the £19.5m paid for Leno in 2018.
Arsenal can sign a ‘fearless’ goalkeeper in Sheffield United star Ramsdale
While Ramsdale was relegated from the Premier League in each of the last two seasons, Arteta has plenty of reasons to urge Edu to target the Sheffield United star for Arsenal.
The 23-year-old is still young for a goalkeeper, yet has 10 top-flight clean sheets in 75 games for low-ranking sides. He also made the second-most saves in the league last term with 147, per SofaScore. And controlled his box better than most with the third-most high claims (23).
Alan Shearer has also hailed Ramsdale, despite the Arsenal target going down with Sheffield United. He said, via The Star: “He’s got lots of potential. He’s strong, he’s got the agility to stop shots from distance and he’s fearless, putting his body on the line.”